I scoured yard sales for weeks and finally found a whole set of charts for the wall. They've got some history to them - I love the fact that they have creases and notations in the corners. Very authentic. Very Maine!
So, how do you install paper charts as wallpaper?
Step 3 - apply wallpaper paste to the back. I used a general purpose paste, that was ready mixed. Be sure and apply to all edges.
Step 4 - 'Book' the paper. This means you fold it on itself, so that the sticky sides are together. This lets the paste soak in and get the paper to a consistent moisture level. I let it 'book' for approximately 3 minutes. If you wait much longer, the charts are more likely to tear as you start to install them.
Step 5 - place the chart on the wall, making sure you have it straight first. Then gently brush it to the edges, pushing any bubbles out. Finally, and this is the really tricky part, you need to cut the edges. Since this isn't vinyl wallpaper, it will want to tear on you. Take a joint knife and push it against the wall, where you want to make the cut. Then take a very sharp blade and cut along the edge of the joint knife. I don't like those plastic blades with the tips that break off - I find an old fashioned utility knife with lots of fresh blades works the best. It might help to let the paper dry a bit, if you find it is tearing.
Step 6 - Gently wipe any paste off the surface of the paper. Move onto the next piece and continue until you do your final, top layer, chart.
Step 7 - If you want to protect the surface, coat it with a clear coating. However, make sure you really like it first, because once that's done, you won't be able to strip it back off.
What do you think? Does it make the powder room more interesting?